How to Develop A Positive Attitude Towards Life: 20+ Useful Tips


Your attitude determines your life. It is the result of your perception of reality. The way you chose to deal with any situation and the consequences of the choices you make determine your attitude.

Having a positive attitude will make it easier for you to deal with even the worst challenges that life throws at you. It will help you bring constructive changes into your life and will make you happier and more satisfied. With a positive attitude, you’ll see the bright side of life and expect the best to happen.

A better attitude can make you feel happy and optimistic
A better attitude can make you feel happy and optimistic

Although everybody is well aware of the importance of developing a positive attitude, for some reason people are easily drawn to negativity. It is not something that will come easily to you, but it is something that is worth developing.

Train your mind to look at the bright side of things and develop a positive attitude towards life.

  1. Realize that you control your attitude.Your attitude is the result of the way you decide to interpret an event or situation. You are the one who decides how you interpret the situation, thereby you control the way you feel about it and your attitude.
  2. Know that happiness is a choice. Happiness is a choice that you make. When you face a challenging situation, know that it’s up to you to find the good in it. You are in charge of your thoughts and feelings. It’s up to you to choose how you want to feel about life.

    Your happiness lies in your own hands; you just have to make the right choices
    Your happiness lies in your own hands; you just have to make the right choices
  3. Tell yourself you can change. Believe that you can change. Imagine the outcome of your change. Write down the moments of change in your life that have made you the person you like being today. It could be anything – your new job, moving to a new city, finding your partner, etc. Hang this list where you’ll see it often to encourage you to stay positive and empower you to make changes when needed.
  4. Adopt beliefs that let you see things in a positive way. Adopt beliefs that let you look at the positive side of a situation rather than those that create a bad attitude. For instance,say you goof up on your first day at a new job. Instead of thinking “Poor performance on the first day means they will fire me,” tell yourself, “Every day is different and I’m still learning. I know tomorrow I will perform well.”

    Adopt and embrace an ideology that lets you see things in a positive manner
    Adopt and embrace an ideology that lets you see things in a positive manner
  5. Embrace life. Embrace every moment you live. Stop fussing over unnecessary things and trivial matters and start focusing on now and things that are important to you. Start as soon as possible to make the necessary changes. Your life is determined by the choices you make. It is your responsibility and you have the power to make the life you want. Make decisions that help you grow in life.
  6. Remember you have the power to control your reactions. What you believe in your mind is what you will see around you. Although you cannot control many situations or troubles in your life, you can definitely control your reactions to them.
  7. Get rid of negativity from your life. You cannot live a positive and happy life if you are surrounded by negative people – the ones who try to put you down, do not encourage your happiness and those who make you feel negative about yourself. Stop doing things that cause negativity in your life. Examine which behaviors are good for you and which are harming you. Eliminate all negative ones and develop a positive attitude towards life.

    Evaluate your life and behavior; eliminate all negative elements from your life
    Evaluate your life and behavior; eliminate all negative elements from your life
  8. Stop believing others’ opinions about you. Never give other people’s opinions about you any significance, unless you identify or agree with them. Become aware of who you are and stop identifying with others’ opinions about you. Never let others people’s opinions affect what you think about yourself. Always believe you are powerful and can achieve what you put your mind to.
  9. Create a bank of positive thoughts. Every morning, listen to or read something positive. If you do this regularly, your mind will fall into the habit of thinking positive in every situation, no matter how hopeless it may seem. This will help you eliminate your negative thoughts.
  10. Use positive words.The words you speak are making your brain believe what you say. So in a way, your words influence your thinking. To have a positive attitude, you should try to be consistently positive. Avoid using negative phrases like, “I can’t,”“This won’t work.” Whenever you are in a bad mood, avoid saying, “I am angry,” and instead say, “I am a little upset.” When people ask you how your day was or how you are feeling today, use positive words like terrific or amazing, instead of saying, “I’m just surviving” or “I’m not all that great.”
  11. Change your environment. When you are stressed out and feel negative about life, a change in your environment can shift your perspective to a positive one. Go to another place, read a book or simply take a stroll through your neighborhood. This will help you change your attitude toward the situation.
  12. Look at both the positives and negatives of a situation. Every situation or experience has something negative and something positive.When you are faced with a challenge or difficult situation, list three positive things and three negative things about it. When you become aware of the negatives of any situation, it motivates you to take action and the act of looking for them can make your brain more flexible and alert.
  13. Try to find the positive side of any negative situation. When you are faced with a negative situation, ask yourself, “What is good about this?” If you really try hard to look for the positive side of a situation, you will usually end up finding one.

    Every cloud has a silver lining; try to find the positive side of things
    Every cloud has a silver lining; try to find the positive side of things
  14. Focus on what you have. When you start focusing on what you have rather than what you lack, you will be satisfied with your life. Be grateful for what you possess. If you find yourself comparing your life to others’, try and compare your life to the less fortunate ones. When you do this, you will see how abundant your life is.
  15. Channel your stress. When you’re stressed out, learn to channel your stress in the right direction. Try to find the real reason for your stress. When you do this, you will be better equipped to take the needed action to reduce your stress. Teach yourself to think about the positive aspects of a stressful situation. This will improve your performance and overall health.
  16. Stay calm. When someone behaves badly, it irks you and starts affecting you. Instantly you lose your cool and start reacting in a negative manner. What you don’t realize is that because of other people’s actions, you may start behaving badly. You get stressed out and negativity creeps into you. It is you who loses in the end. You are responsible for your actions. Learn to control your emotions, no matter what the situation is. This will help you develop a positive attitude towards life.

    Stay calm and learn to control your emotions to develop a better attitude
    Stay calm and learn to control your emotions
  17. Share your positivity. Be nice and positive to people around you. Appreciate someone for their work or tell people how much you love them.
  18. Seek the right people for support. When you talk to like-minded people about a negative situation, you’ll hear the same perspective again and again, and this will discourage you from finding a solution to your problem. To develop a positive attitude, try talking to different people to gather many viewpoints about the situation. Try talking to someone with a different personality, a different age or a different economic status.
  19. Stay away from whiners. Whiners or constant complainers cannot see any good in any situation. They focus on what’s wrong and never try to focus on the positive side. In their company, you will also start focusing on all the negatives in your life.
  20. Get an ample amount of rest and eat well. When you lack proper rest, you cannot think clearly. Your judgment and decision-making ability diminishes. You tend to remember fewer positive things and focus more on the negatives. Look at your eating and sleeping habits if you think you are slipping into negativity.
  21. Practice being positive. Practice being positive every moment. Start with yourself. Tell yourself you are awesome, good and positive. Love and accept yourself. Tell yourself you do a great job at work and home. Be honest with yourself. Whatever you do, try and focus on the positives. You are bound to not like everything about yourself, but don’t dwell on the negatives. Remind yourself of your positive traits every day.
  22. Love yourself. Accept and love the way you are. Avoid all the distractions and open your eyes and see what you have in life. You will realize that you have everything that you need for a happy, positive and satisfied life. Be yourself. You are an amazing person – believe it and remind yourself often.

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